Borat Sagdiyev Delivers a Message to Washington

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, also known as the Kazakh character Borat Sagdiyev, attempted to meet with President Bush on Thursday. He was denied access, but that didn't stop him from delivering a message.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

You know, you almost can't talk about Kazakhstan without mentioning this man.

Mr. SASHA BARON COHEN (Comedian): (As Borat Sackdiyev) My name is Borat Sackdiyev.

INSKEEP: That's comedian Sasha Baron Cohen's alter ego, a faux journalist from Kazakhstan. Wearing his signature cheap gray suit, Borat also came to Washington yesterday. Unlike his faux country's president, he was denied entrance to the White House, so he spoke outside the Kazakh embassy instead.

Mr. COHEN: (As Borat Sackdiyev) I would like to make a comment on the recent advertisements on television and in media about my nation of Kazakhstan saying that women are treated equally and that all religions are tolerated. These are disgusting fabrications. These claims are part of a propaganda campaign against our country by evil nitwit Uzbekistan who, as we all know, are a very nosey people with a bone in the middle of their brain.

INSKEEP: Now that that's all cleared up. Borat, or Cohen, was in town promoting his new film, which is really called...

Mr. SAGDIYEV: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazhasktan.

INSKEEP: Kazakhstan's government is not as amused as the rest of us. It has launched a media campaign to repair the country's image.

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